The countdown is on to Cooly Rocks On

Fans of the cars, music and lifestyle of yesteryear are counting down to the annual must-do on the calendar with less than a month to go until crowds make the pilgrimage to the Gold Coast for Australia’s largest nostalgia festival, Cooly Rocks On.

Festival organisers have unveiled the 2024 program and are expecting over 160,000 people to roll into the iconic beachside precinct of Coolangatta from 5-9 June.

Attendees can immerse themselves in a packed program of free live music on outdoor stages and indoor venues throughout the precinct, in addition to ticketed shows, while being transported back in time to the sounds of the 50s, 60s and 70s over five massive days.

Gracing the festival stages this year are highly acclaimed international Elvis Tribute Artists Dwight Icenhower (USA) and Louis Brown (UK), along with a number of home-grown acts representing some of the best rock ‘n’ roll, rockabilly, swing and tribute artists the country has to offer.

Names like the internationally recognised rockabilly star Pat Capocci, Teddy Boy band The Lincolns and festival newcomers Perth’s Bang Bang Betty & The H-Bombs can’t wait to transport audiences back to a time when life was simpler.

The Perth group is bringing its cocktail of hot swing, jump blues and wild rock ‘n’ roll to Cooly Rocks On for the first time with festival goers having the chance to kick up their heels.

We are primed, ticking and ready to explode at this year’s Cooly Rocks On festival – we can’t wait to join the rockin’ party!” said Betty from Bang Bang Betty & the H-Bombs.

Taking Care of Business in the Elvis Precinct is USA’s Dwight Icenhower, widely considered one of the best Elvis Tribute Artists in the world.

He boasts 75 ‘First Place’ awards in contests across the globe and became the only Elvis Tribute Artist in history to win four world championship titles consecutively during Elvis Week in Memphis, USA.

This will be the first time Cooly Rocks On fans can see Dwight on the Coolangatta stage with performances spanning Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

He’ll be joined by the incredibly talented Louis Brown (UK).

Just announced to join this year’s Elvis Precinct program is 2012 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist winner Damian Mullin. Fresh from performing in the UK, this highly acclaimed artist from Victoria is known for his exceptional style and voice which remarkably captures the essence of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

True Elvis fans can’t afford to miss all three rounds of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, one of only two contests in Australia sanctioned by Elvis Presley Enterprises with the winner set to compete in Memphis later this year.

Tickets are still available for all three rounds of the contest which are sure to be snapped up quickly.

15-year-old industry rising star Charlie Gaylard is ready to wow audiences with his uncanny resemblance to the King. Joining him is crowd favourite Jack Gatto who doesn’t want the next generation to miss out on the music or legend that is Elvis Presley.

VIP Legends Passes are almost sold out, with pass holders to be treated like The King, receiving everything from premium seating inside the Elvis Marquee to meet and greets with international headliners, goodie bags, exclusive events and more through five rockin’ days of jam-packed entertainment worth over $1000 in value for just $499.

Tickets are also available for hotly anticipated feature shows including The Beatnix, regarded as one of the best Beatles tribute shows in Australia and the dynamic Australian tribute band Creedence Clearwater Survival who are preparing to put on a powerhouse performance with hits including Green River, Bad Moon Rising and Fortunate Son.

Other notable artists this year include Jake & The Cadillacs, Ella Fontaine & the Sugarshakers and more!

Take some time between dancing to meander through the festival’s Nostalgia Markets, wander through Kustomville or check out one of the country’s biggest collections of classic cars, customs, hot rods and more in the renowned Cooly Rocks On Show ‘N’ Shine.

The Saturday Night Car Cruise made an epic comeback last year and is sure to be a huge success again on Saturday 8 June.

Bringing back the popular Saturday Night Car Cruise in 2023 was a real highlight for the festival and another opportunity for our entrants to show off their pride and joy,” said Festival Director Mark Duckworth.

There’s nothing quite like the spectacle of 250 classics, hot rods, muscle cars and more cruising through the streets of this iconic beachside destination and we’re expecting the crowds to line the streets again this year to watch the cruise, and of course marvel at the 900-plus cars on display in the Show ‘N’ Shine.”

The Cooly Rocks On Pin-up Pageant is always a popular attraction with entrants from as far afield as the USA. Festival goers have the opportunity to meet and greet the contestants at the pageant Sashing Ceremony on Wednesday 5 June or find the finalists wandering around the precinct enjoying the festival.

‘Park N Ride’ will once again be offered to save the hassle of finding a park. On Saturday and Sunday buses will be running every half hour from 8.30am between 4 Boyd St, Tugun (Betty Diamond Park) and 15 Marine Parade. It is then a short 600m walk around the Kirra headland to the festival precinct. Just a $5 contribution (per person) to the State Emergency Service to Park N Ride (includes return bus trip).

Download the official Cooly Rocks On Festival App to plan your five-day festival experience so you don’t miss a minute of this unique award-winning festival.

Cooly Rocks On is produced by Experience Gold Coast and supported by the Queensland Government, via Tourism and Events Queensland.

Cooly Rocks On revs up with tickets now on sale

Australia’s largest nostalgia festival, Cooly Rocks On, returns to Coolangatta on the Gold Coast from 5-9 June ready to celebrate the motors, music and lifestyle of yesteryear with organisers gearing up for huge crowds.

Ticketed shows at the award-winning festival are now on sale including the highly anticipated Show ‘N’ Shine – one of the country’s biggest showcases of classic cars.

The incredible display runs over the weekend on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 June, now spanning seven zones and showcasing over 900 cars throughout the iconic beachside precinct. Open to vehicles manufactured prior to and including 1979, featuring classic cars, hot rods, and more, the Cooly Rocks On Show ‘N’ Shine is on the bucket list for car enthusiasts across the country and is free for spectators.

“In terms of spectator numbers, this is the biggest car show in Queensland. There are no other car shows that compare to Cooly Rocks On. The atmosphere is electric. There’s something so unique and special about seeing all of these cars on show and cruising the streets,” said Shannons Insurance Business Development Manager Phil Ross.

“The beach culture also adds to the atmosphere of the car show. There are American cars, Aussie cars, British cars, muscle cars and more. This year at Shannons we are focusing on the 60th anniversary of the launch of the iconic Ford Mustang.”

For those eager to start their engines early, the Early Bird Show ‘N’ Shine will be held on Thursday 6 June and Friday 7 June with tickets now available.

The five-day festival is free to attend with bespoke ticketed offerings available for those who wish to elevate their Cooly Rocks On 2024 experience.

Dancers can look forward to jitterbugging the night away at their favourite sell-out event, the Moonlight Swing Dance to be hosted in the Elvis Marquee on the Coolangatta beachfront on Thursday 6 June. Plus, they can close out their festival experience with the Beachside Rock ‘N’ Roll Dance on Sunday 9 June.

Elvis Presley fans are also in for a treat, with the Era’s of Elvis featuring Louis Brown (USA), Che Orton (NZ), Jack Gatto and Charlie Gaylard on Wednesday 5 June and ELVIS! From Hollywood to New York City! featuring Dwight Icenhower (USA) on Friday 7 June.

Considered one of the best Elvis Tribute Artists in the world, with five world-championships under his lavish belt, Dwight Icenhower will be Taking Care of Business as one of three international headline Elvis acts gracing Coolangatta this year.

Tickets are also now on sale for all three rounds of the Cooly Rocks On Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist (UETA) Contest. Attracting some of the best tribute artists in the country and overseas, this renowned annual contest is one of only two in Australia sanctioned by Elvis Presley Enterprises with the winner going on to represent Cooly Rocks On in Memphis later this year.

On Saturday 8 June, music lovers can secure a ticket to take a ride back in time for The Beatnix Show, regarded as one of the best Beatles tribute shows in Australia. Later that evening the Creedence Clearwater Survival Show will revive the energy of the band’s iconic powerhouse performances on stage in the Elvis Marquee.

Tickets are almost sold out for the festival’s exclusive VIP Legends Passes providing fans with the ultimate Elvis inspired experience including premium seating, VIP drink service, exclusive events and performances, a meet and greet with Dwight Icenhower, Louis Brown and fellow Elvis Tribute Artists, VIP Legends goodie bags and much more. With over $1,000 in value, pass holders can get the ultimate VIP Elvis experience for just $499 but will need to be quick!

Applications are also now open for the 2024 Cooly Rocks On Pin-Up Pageant, with both a ‘Classic’ and ‘Rockabilly’ crown up for grabs this year. The pageant is all inclusive and attracts entries from as far afield as the USA and New Zealand, and is a highlight of the annual festival.

“Aussies have a wonderful connection to the music and culture of yesteryear. Holden cars, rock ’n’ roll and trips to the beach remain some of the fondest memories of decades gone by,” said Festival Director Mark Duckworth.

“Making the annual pilgrimage to the iconic Coolangatta foreshore for Cooly Rocks On is becoming a rite of passage for nostalgia lovers and classic car owners and our fan base has really grown in recent years. In 2023 we saw record crowds again, with close to 160,000 people enjoying the festival in perfect winter sunshine. Whether you’re 16 or 60 there is something for everyone at Cooly Rocks On.”

In addition to the ticketed shows, fans of rock ’n’ roll, rockabilly and swing music can immerse themselves in the packed program of free live music on outdoor and indoor stages throughout Coolangatta, featuring some of Australia’s best acts. Keep an eye out for the music lineup to be announced in the coming months.

Cooly Rocks On is produced by Experience Gold Coast and supported by the Queensland Government, via Tourism and Events Queensland.